Here is all the cosmetic animal testing statistics and facts you need to know to understand the scale of needless suffering and animal abuse occurring everyday in laboratories around the world.
Together we can stop this suffering and change the world if we educate others and stop supporting cosmetic brands that test on animals.
Top 10 Shocking Animal Testing Facts
- “Over 1 Billion animal tests have happened between the years of 2020 and 2015″
- “97% of all animals subjected to animal testing will die in laboratories“
- “Animals used in cosmetic testing are killed at the end of the test by decapitation, neck-breaking, or asphyxiation”
- “95% of animals used in research are NOT protected by The US Animal Welfare Act which was enacted to prevent animal mistreatment during testing”
- “90% of all animal testing is a wasted sacrifice that doesn’t produce any new approved medicines”
- “Over 100 million animals die each year in US laboratories in the name of animal testing and research – including dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs”
- “79% of countries have no laws on animal testing”
- “The US FDA does not require companies to perform animal testing on cosmetics”
- “Over 75% of global cosmetic animal testing occurs in China“
- “95% of people believe cosmetic animal testing should not be permitted“
- “84% of people would not buy cosmetics if they knew it or one of its ingredients had been tested on animals”
If these animal testing facts and statistics are shocking to you please help stop this unnecessary animal cruelty and take the time to get educated and share this information with others.
Cosmetic Animal Testing Facts and Statistics on Regulations
Overall government actions to protect animals from abuse in laboratories has failed almost every decent standard of humane treatment… but we are seeing small slivers of hope coming with new regulations and laws being introduced in certain countries.
The FDA does not require companies to perform animal testing on cosmetics.
The FDA enforces the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act which requires companies to ensure the safety of their ingredients and finished cosmetic products prior to marketing. No part of their legislation requires animal testing, in fact they discourage it. [Source: FDA Cosmetic Regulations1]
95% of animals used in research are NOT protected by The US Animal Welfare Act (which was enacted to prevent animal mistreatment during testing).
The government has failed to protect mice, rats, birds and fish from suffering during medical research and has enacted legislation that fails to protect the majority of species that suffer the greatest deaths in published animal testing statistics. [Source: ProCon.org, the country’s leading source for information and research on all sides of the controversial issues of the day2]
Cosmetic Animal Testing Ban in European Union Overridden by Chemical legislation August 2020.
Animal testing of many cosmetic ingredients is now required in European Union due to new laws that override the cosmetic animal testing ban. The European Chemicals Agency new REACH regulatory decision in August of 2020 requires some widely used cosmetic ingredients to be tested on animals to protect workers, the environment and for uses outside cosmetics. [Source: European Chemicals Agency ECHA3]
Canada Plans to Ban all Cosmetic Animal Testing and Testing of their Ingredients.
The proposed Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act under Bill S-214 is moving into its final stages of review by the house of commons. [Source: Parliament of Canada LEGISinfo4]
Australia Implements Ban on Cosmetic Animal Testing starting July 1 2020
Cosmetic products manufactured or imported into Australia will not be allowed to use information from animal testing to prove product safety any longer. [Source: Department of Health, Australian Government5]
Over 75% of global cosmetic animal testing occurs in China
The International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals (IAAPEA) believes from their undercover investigations and research that over 75% of the world’s cosmetic animal testing is now being performed in China. [Source: IAAPEA6]
75% of Countries Have No Laws on Animal Testing
Published research by FRAME on estimating the extent of animal testing globally, with animal testing statistics tracked by each country that has animal testing laws and statistical reporting requirements. 37 countries report on animal testing statistics while 142 countries do not. [Source: Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments FRAME7]
Animals Used in Cosmetic Testing are Killed at the end of the Test by Decapitation, Neck-breaking, or Asphyxiation
The humane society also reports that no pain relief is provided and these animals are also not reported in the official animal testing statistics as they fall outside of the Animal Welfare Act protection. [Source: Humane Society8]
Animal Testing Facts and Figures
The global animal testing statistics are shocking to say the least… it’s so sad to see literally no improvement in animal welfare practices over the last decade. We hope through education more people can start to make positive changes for animal welfare.
23 Million Animals In the US are Used for Animal Testing Each Year in Research Laboratories
Leading scientists around the world collaborated together to extrapolate and estimate the true numbers of all animals tested on in laboratories, and made sure to adjust reported data to include the 95% of animals not counted in reported data. The US is estimated to use over 23 million animals per year in research. [Source: Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing9]
Over 1 Billion Animal Tests Have Happened Globally Between 2015 and 2020
ATLA scientists developed global estimates for animal testing from reported filings across 37 countries that report on animal testing, and extrapolated estimates for the remaining 142 countries that do not report on animal testing. The found a shocking 192 million animals used yearly in animal testing. [Source: Alternatives to Laboratory Animals10]
59,401 Dogs were subjected to animal research in the US in 2018
Dogs are sources from animal shelters and are popular research subjects for toxicology, chemical and heart disease testing. Large does of toxic chemicals and pharmaceuticals are injected into their bodies to assess the poisoning concentrations of chemicals. Laboratory dogs can spend years in cages without veterinary care suffering horrendous physical and mental abuses. [Source: United States Department of Agriculture Annual Report17]
97% of Animals Subjected to Animal Testing Will Die in Laboratories
The Health Ministry in Israel reported animal testing statistics stating that less than 3% of animals survive lab experiments… a shocking 97% of lab animals perish during animal tests. [Source: Haaretz Newspaper11]
In the European Union Over 9.5 Million Animals are Used in Animal Testing Research Each Year
The European Member states 2019 report on animal research and cosmetic animal testing statistics revealed that 9,581,741 animals were used in laboratories. Some of the highest counts included 5,707,471 Mice, 1,145,299 Rats, 351,961 Rabbits, 144,824 Guinea Pigs, 13,688 Dogs and 1,879 Cats. [Source: European Commission12]
Globally more than 192 Million Animals are used Annually in Laboratory Animal Testing Research
To get to the complete total estimate of animals involved in testing reported numbers skyrocket once all species are included in total global estimates. Cruelty Free International researches now peg the annual number of animals suffering in tests at just over 192 million. [Source: Cruelty Free International13]
18,619 Cats suffered animal research in the US in 2018
Cats are confined in cages measuring 3 square feet and are common candidates for toxicology testing, neurology testing, and other safety tests. Most cats used in laboratories are sources from breeders that sell purpose-bred cats that are genetically selected for their docile temperament [Source: United States Department of Agriculture Annual Report17]
90% of All Animal Testing is a Wasted Sacrifice that Doesn’t Produce any New Approved Medicines.
The discovery of new drugs has a failure rate of 90% because animal testing models are a poor predictor of human response. Drugs that appeared safe and effective in animal trials did not deliver the same results in humans, with 55% not effectively treating the condition and 30% showing signs of toxicity in humans. The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences advises in vitro platforms that grow human cells on chips has much greater success rates in predicting human response (and involves no animal harm). [Source: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences14]
In Great Britain animal testing has increased 34% over the last 20 years.
In 2001 there were 2.62 million animal procedures, and has climbed up to 3.52 million in 2018 – which is the latest report to the government published July 18, 2019. [Source: Government of Britain, National Archives15]
In the US 133,634 Rabbits succumbed to animal testing research in 2018
Rabbits are frequently used in animal testing procedures involving skin and eye irritation tests that involve exposure to caustic chemicals that cause burning, swelling, discharge and blindness. Researchers prefer using rabbits due to their docile and calm nature, making them easier to handle during testing. [Source: United States Department of Agriculture Annual Report17]
Over 2.1 Million Animals are used each year in the EU for Regulatory Testing Related to Safety, Toxicology and Quality Control of Cosmetics and Other Products
52% of these uses were related to quality control (including batch safety and potency testing), 39% to toxicity and other safety testing including pharmacology and the remainder (9%) were for other efficacy and tolerance testing.. [Source: European Commission16]
Only 37 Countries in the World Publish Statistics on Animal Testing within their Borders
With only 20% of countries reporting on animal testing statistics it is likely that all statistics are under representing the true nature and extent of animal testing occurring annually. In addition, reported statistics often do not include many smaller species of animals, and vary from country to country. [Source: Alternatives to Laboratory Animals10]
Consumers Don’t Want Animal Testing on Cosmetics
The data on this is very clear, poll after poll demonstrate that people do not want cosmetics tested on animals. What is crazy is that these 259 popular brands still test on animals. The common “weasel language” to watch out for in a brands animal testing policy is the clause “except where required by law”. If you see this clause it means they are not a cruelty free brand… otherwise why would they state it?
95% of People Believe Cosmetic Animal Testing Should be Banned
A recent survey of 31,642 people overwhelmingly agree that cosmetic animal testing should be banned. It’s clear in today’s evolved society we as humans do not need animals to suffer in the name of beauty. [Source: Understanding Animal Research18]
93.4% of People Believe More Needs to be Done to Replace and Reduce the use of Animals in Testing and Research.
The global study commissioned by FRAME to measure how informed and aware the public is about animal testing and research for medical, chemical and cosmetic purposes, has revealed that the overwhelming majority of people (93.4%) think more needs to be done to replace and reduce the use of animals in testing and research. [Source: Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments19]
84% of People Would Not Buy Cosmetics if they Knew it or One of its Ingredients had been Tested on Animals.
The global study commissioned by FRAME revealed that the overwhelming majority of people (84%) would not buy a specific cosmetic brand if they knew the finished product, or any of its ingredients were tested on animals. [Source: Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments19]
88% of Canadians Would Support a Federal Law to Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing.
Although there is no law requiring animal testing on Cosmetics in Canada to demonstrate product safety, there is also no law banning the practice. When polled, an overwhelming majority (88%) of Canadians supported a ban on cosmetic animal testing, and Bill S-124 which makes this legislative proposal is slowly making its way through the approval process in Canada. [Source: Cruelty Free International20]
54% of American Consumers Would Stop Purchasing Cosmetics from Companies that Test on Animals
In a small survey of 1,100 US consumers 54% of them agreed they would stop supporting a cosmetics brand that tested on animals. What is surprising is how different these results are from other developed nations where virtually all people surveyed wanted to ban cosmetic testing on animals. Perhaps the small sample size is not representative of all US consumers. Why do you think this is different in the US? [Source: Statistica21]
What Can You Do to Help Stop Cosmetic Animal Testing?
It’s very clear that the vast majority of beauty consumers around the world do not support cosmetic animal testing… but why us nothing really changing?
But why are 259 of the most popular cosmetic brands still testing on animals?
The answer… money and greed.
Big brands can’t resist the lure of entering big markets like China, so they start to split hairs on their cruelty free stance…. stating they are cruelty free (except when they sell in bigger markets). The classic give away is when they state they are cruelty free, except where testing is required by law…
Here are 3 Simple Ways You Can Help Stop Animal Testing
1. Spread the word!
Take a moment to share these statistics on Facebook or your favorite social media platform so you can inform others in your sphere of influence on the horrifying facts.
2. Only Buy Cruelty Free
Take a stand to hurt big brands where it matters most… their profits. Avoid these 259 brands that test on animals. 95% of consumers want a ban on cosmetic animal testing, so now we need to vote with our pocket book and only support any of these 725 cruelty free brands.
3. Get Involved
- SIGN A PETITION
- DONATE TO AN ANIMAL WELFARE CAUSE
- PUSH FOR LEGISLATIVE CHANGE – write your local government official
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Animal Testing Articles and References
1. Food & Drug Administration. “Animal Testing & Cosmetics Legislation”. August 24, 2020.
2. ProCon.org, the country’s leading source for information and research on all sides of the controversial issues of the day. “Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?”. Last updated March 18, 2020.
3. European Chemicals Agency ECHA. “Cosmetic Regulation and REACH – Question and Answers on Animal Testing “. August 2020.
4. Parliament of Canada. “Proposed Bill S-214: An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (cruelty-free cosmetics)”. April 12, 2019.
5. Australian Government, Department of Health. “Ban on the use of animal test data for cosmetics”. July 1, 2020.
6. International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals (IAAPEA). “Statistical Animal Experiments”.
7. FRAME. “An Estimate of the Number of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes Worldwide in 2015”. February 24, 2020.
8. The Humane Society of the United States. “Cosmetic Testing FAQ”.
9. Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. “New European Union Statistics on Laboratory Animal Use – What Really Counts!”. March 24, 2020.
10. Alternatives to Laboratory Animals ATLA. “An Estimate of the Number of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes Worldwide in 2015”. Published February 24, 2020.
11. Ministry of Health, Israel. “Only 3% of Animals Survive Lab Experiments”. Haaretz Newspaper.
12. European Commission. “2019 Report on the Statistics and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union”. May 2, 2020.
13. Cruelty Free International. “Facts & Figures on Animal Testing”.
14. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. “Tissue-on-Chips for Safety and Efficacy Studies in Drug Development”. May 23, 2019.
15. Government of Britain, National Archives. “Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2018”. July 18, 2019.
16. European Commission. “Report from the Commission to the European Parliament”. May 2, 2020.
17. USDA, Animal and Plant Inspection Service. “Annual Report Animal Usage by Fiscal Year”. January 7, 2020.
18. Understanding Animal Research. “Public Attitudes to Animal Research under COVID-19”. April, 2020.
19. Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Testing. “Fact or Fiction? Mapping Perceptions of Animal Testing”. June 12, 2020.
20. Cruelty Free International. “Poll on Canadian Attitudes towards Animal Testing”. November 2019.
21. Statistics. “Share of U.S. consumers who would stop purchasing from cosmetics companies that test on animals as of April 2017”.